V Monograph Contd. : On Christianity

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Talking of Jesus he said, “Jesus expressed, as no other could, the spirit and will of God ... I believe that he belongs not solely to Christianity, but to the entire world’’. (15) On seeing a painting of the crucified Christ in Rome, he said, “What would not I have given to be able to bow my head before the living image at the Vatican of Christ crucified? ... I saw there at once that nations like individuals could only be made through the agony of the Cross and in no other way. Joy comes not out of infliction of pain on others but out  of pain voluntarily borne by oneself.”(16) But at the same time he wrote in his Autobiography, (17) “It was more than I could believe that Jesus was the only incarnate son of God, and that only he who believed in him could have everlasting life. If God could have sons, all of us were His sons. If Jesus was like God, or God Himself, then all men were like God and could be God Himself. My reason was not ready to believe literally that Jesus by his death and by his blood redeemed the sins of the World. Metaphorically there might be some truth in it”.

While attending the Wellington Convention of devout Christians who prayed for him and wanted him to change his religion, he said, “I was delighted at their faith. I saw that they were praying for me ... I could understand and appreciate the devoutness of those who attended it. But I saw no reason for changing my belief — my religion ... It was impossible for me to regard Christianity as a perfect religion or the greatest of all religions”.(18)

He however complemented his Christian friends for their zeal in trying to change his faith because, “Though I took a path my Christian friends had not intended for me, I have remained for ever indebted to them for the religious quest that they had awakened in me”.(19). In fact it made him come face to face with the deficits in Hinduism itself. “... if I could not accept Christianity either as a perfect, or the greatest religion, neither was I then convinced of Hinduism being such. Hindu defects were pressingly visible to me. If untouchability could be a part of Hinduism, it could but be a rotten part or an excrescence ... What was the meaning of saying that the Vedas were the inspired Word of God? If they were inspired, why not also the Bible and the Koran?”(20)

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